Prodigal Son (Part I)

Will Tommy Garcia rescue Gladwyne’s foundering Peace Mission? Not if Mother Divine has her way.



“Prodigal Son” and “Keys to the Kingdom,” September and October 2010.
In this powerful two-part series, senior writer J.F. Pirro documents the 74-year saga of Gladwyne’s Peace Mission, one of the Main Line’s most mysterious and controversial institutions. Much of the story is told through the eyes of a man who was thought to be a potential successor to its deceased leader, Father Divine. The revelations about the withering cult and its reclusive matriarch are shocking.


[Part 1 of 2. Click here for the conclusion.]

“She is wonderful. She is wonderful. God bless Mother forever.”
 

With the Peace Mission seemingly on its last legs, its picturesque headquarters in Gladwyne is still a sight to see, even if its aging matriarch, Mother Divine, remains largely out of sight. Just when a savior seemed unlikely, a former Peace Mission prodigy has emerged with a plan to resurrect the controversial movement—if only he could get Mom onboard.

A photo of a young Tommy Garcia used in his Peace

Mission recruitment.

Mrs. M.J. “Mother” Divine stands before her 20 visitors in a matching navy-blue overcoat, knit hat and wool pants. Her earmuffs are white, her orthotic shoes an institutional tan. Not that color matters here at Woodmont, the Gladwyne headquarters of the Rev. M.J. “Father” Divine’s International Peace Mission Movement, an interracial religious and social sect that peaked in the 1930s and still worships its founder as God.

The 74-acre Woodmont estate is the dissipating movement’s self-proclaimed “Mount of the House of the Lord.” Beyond its parking lot, which Mr. Leon supervises, a series of solar panels powers the property’s newest structure, a library dedicated to housing Father’s words and wisdom. “We’re going green around here,” says Mr. Roger, another Peace Mission “brother.”

With a date-stone that reads 2009 A.D.F.D. (Anno Domini Father Divine), the library is one of two Peace Mission shrines. Father is buried in a reported $300,000-$500,000 mausoleum in the shadows of the striking 1892 Gothic manor house built by Alan Wood Jr. Perched high above what were once Wood’s steel mills in Conshohocken, Woodmont was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998. Near the bronze plaque indicating as much, a matching smaller one simply reads, “Peace.”

“No snow is falling on us,” says Mother privately but within earshot, her eyes but horizontal slits recessed in a puffy face. “It’s a beautiful sky. It’s good to get out of the house.”

Then, as if on cue, Mother greets the participants in Woodmont’s Winter Trek, a long-standing public walking tour of the grounds. Her voice elevates a notch: “Peace, everyone. Welcome. Thank God for this beautiful day. Let’s first go over here and take a good look at Conshohocken.”

With a female follower on each arm—one black, one white—Mother makes her way up the embankment of Montgomery County’s highest peak as another follower fawns over her: “Peace, Mother dear.”

But that’s as far as Mother Divine gets this February morning. For the first time in more than 30 years, she won’t be leading the tour. Yvette Calm will. When approached on her retreat to the manor house, Mother immediately consents to an interview at the mere mention of discussing Father Divine and Woodmont. “I can talk to you right now,” she says, her eyes widening, her mouth forming a smile harmonious with her kingdom name, Sweet Angel.

But almost instantly, the request—like others before and since for this story—is quashed by her entourage. “Later, after the walk,” several say in unison.

Now in her mid-80s, Mother Divine has lived an extraordinarily public life. But as her physical and mental health has deteriorated, she’s been carefully coddled and guarded. Her receding public persona raises questions—suspicions even—about the Peace Mission’s intentional community (sociological lingo for a cult) and about Woodmont, also the spiritual headquarters for Palace Mission, Inc., one of the movement’s incorporated churches. Even so, the estate remains free and open to public tours on Sunday afternoons from April through October.

Father Divine died in 1965. His death is the impetus behind the group’s annual “Holy Days” open house held Sept. 10-12. Yet Peace Mission members continue to live at Woodmont and various Philadelphia outposts with same-sex, “opposite-complected” (Peace Mission speak) roommates. They practice celibacy. Followers say they neither look back nor forward. Ideologically, there’s no past or future. There are no time lines, no seasons. They do not reminisce. Heaven is on Earth—or at least atop the Mount of the House of the Lord.

At the movement’s height, Peace Mission membership was thought to be 2 million, with an estimated 170 “heavens,” or extension settlements. Now, like their aging matriarch, most followers—all of them systematically stripped of family at one point—are in their 80s, 90s or older.

The Peace Mission’s Woodmont headquarters in Gladwyne.

So what happens when Mother Divine lays down her physical body? What lies ahead for the pristine Gladwyne property that Palace Mission communally owns? Who gets whatever millions might remain from the lifetime work and contributions of thousands of converts? When a cult dies, exactly who is left to pick over its carcass? And does its religion survive?

In one way or another, the answers to these questions may well involve 56-year-old Tommy Garcia. Mother Divine has publicly called him “a thorn in her side.” But he’s also a willing savior, despite what 6 ABC conveyed last fall. Though its cameras were turned away at Woodmont’s gates, its story insinuated that Garcia has a lawsuit against the Peace Mission. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Garcia was raised in the movement. And if he’s permitted to return to his childhood home, he has a plan reminiscent of Father Divine’s original outreach efforts—one that could reverse years of social damage and abuse he and other defectors say they’ve experienced.

He’d like to use Woodmont as a hub for launching a foundation for abandoned children—like he once was—and another foundation to bridge the country’s enduring racial divide.

“[Mother Divine’s] cronies and handlers think I’m a threat to the later part of their lives,” says Garcia. “They’re living in a make-believe land of luxury, and they’re scared I’ll take that away. Plus, I know too much, have seen too much—and I talk up a storm.”

 

The office where Garcia first met Father Divine.

In some ways, Tommy Garcia died and went to heaven when he arrived at Woodmont in June 1962. That first day, Father Divine greeted the 8-year-old with a big smile, telling him his real mother and father didn’t want him, but that Father did. Then, he was ushered off with a chauffeur and bodyguard named Happy Love to buy clothes at the King of Prussia Plaza. “Tommy, I’m not God,” Garcia recalls Father Divine telling him. “But these people believe I am—and I don’t want to disappoint them.”

Tommy was enrolled at Gladwyne Elementary School between 1962 and 1965. Judy Bard, his fifth-grade teacher, recalls that he was always dirty and that no one ever came to his parent-teacher conferences. “He was hiding his identity,” Bard says now. “He was driven by limo, but insisted that he was dropped off a few blocks away. In those few blocks, he dirtied his clothes. He didn’t want anyone to know who he was.”

Before long, other kids caught on anyway. They noticed that the rich kid in the limousine had a last name that didn’t jibe with the Gladwyne stereotype. Trouble followed. One day, Tommy bloodied a bully’s nose after the adversary asked if that “ni---r on the top of the hill with the white wife was his daddy.”

The school called Woodmont. Father Divine wouldn’t stand for violence—not in a peace mission. To avoid further harassment, Garcia says, Father directed a high-ranking church officer, Ms. St. Mary Bloom, who sometimes acted as his guardian, to prepare adoption papers (documents that have never surfaced) to officially make Tommy a Divine. But after Father’s death, Mother sent Tommy to the Church Farm School in Exton for seventh and eighth grade from 1966 to ’68. While there, Garcia contacted his biological father, Tomas Guillermo Garcia, in California. He left the mission with Mother’s advice to “learn all you can learn about the outside world, then come home to Woodmont.”

As an adult, Garcia paid his former elementary school teacher a visit—first to her classroom, then to her home. “That night, he told me the story I never knew,” Bard recalls. “But he also wanted to learn about himself. He was trying to piece together his past.”

The way Garcia explains it, Father Divine—then in his mid-80s—had needed a successor to groom. According to him, Father had sent a recruiter to the West Coast to find a “brown, little boy with charisma.” In The New Day, the Peace Mission’s now-defunct weekly newspaper, which last published in 1992, Father spoke of symbolically uniting Canada, the United States and Mexico to form a single borderless continent.

In Garcia’s view, Mother Divine—born Edna Rose Ritchings in Vancouver (which the mission denies, as it does Father’s early life as George Baker Jr., the son of Southern sharecroppers) represented Canada. Father was the United States. Tommy, the offspring of a Greek mother and Mexican father, represented Mexico.

Peace Mission recruiter Louise Schell came upon young Tommy and his birth mother, Georgia Costa Garcia, who was photographing him on Sunset Boulevard just outside Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in Los Angeles. Photos were sent to Father for approval. Garcia says he later saw them in a safe at Woodmont.

Garcia still recalls Schell’s piercing blue eyes as she convinced Georgia to travel to Philadelphia to escape an abusive, alcoholic husband and father. Within two hours of their arrival at Woodmont, Tommy was separated from his mother and his younger sister, Susy, then 3.

The Peace Mission has a long documented history of separating children from their birth parents, then raising them within the sect under guardianship. Swarthmore’s David Clark, a founding board member of the Recovering Former Cultists’ Support Network, says cults offer “idealistic altruism but, in reality, are very exploitive.”

“Only the leadership benefits,” asserts Clark, an International Cultic Studies Association speaker for two decades now.

Keenly aware of their inherent legal, civil and religious rights, cults orchestrate custodial matters in ways that won’t—and can’t—be legally contested. Sects infiltrate counties or states that are favorable to them, particularly with regard to religious tax exemptions, says Clark.

Other than Father Divine, Tommy was the only one with a private room at Woodmont. It came by request after he claimed he was sexually abused and shot at on the estate the week he arrived. Garcia says he also wore handcrafted suits identical to Father’s. At the Holy Communion Banquet, the mission’s ongoing religious celebration, he sat in a lion’s head chair, the type reserved only for Father and Mother.

But the first time Margaret Faith met Tommy at Woodmont, he was crying in a corner of the kitchen. “No one wants me,” she recalls him saying.

“I made friends with him,” recounts Faith, an octogenarian who lives in an Ardmore apartment and, for decades, was Father’s personal waitress. “We were nice to Tommy. I was very fond of him. But now what I’ve heard [about a lawsuit], I don’t like. He didn’t even get that close to Father—definitely not. There were a lot of different children we were taking care of. In his case, we had no choice. He was brought—dumped, you might say.”

After Tommy left the movement, his sister, Susy, remained with the Peace Mission until 1974. There, she battled drug abuse and endured a longtime consensual teenage sexual relationship with a middle-aged, now-deceased follower. After a subsequent pregnancy and abortion, she was exiled for bad behavior, married at Elvis’ Graceland to a Hollywood dentist, only to be murdered by two strangers in Los Angeles in 1993—a case that was solved in three days. “Her brainwashing had a direct effect on her death,” says Garcia, who considers her mission relationship a molestation. “She was still living in the other world, the only one she ever knew. Susy didn’t have a chance. They stole her soul.”

In 1978, Garcia’s birth mother legally changed her name to Harmony Faith Love. She died in the movement on Jan. 25, 2001, and the non-traumatic seizure said to have killed her still puzzles her son. Police and the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office documented a bottle of Dilantin on her nightstand. It’s a medication known to produce a lateral stare (and compliance), but also commonly prescribed 30 years ago for epilepsy. Garcia maintains that there was never a family history of the disorder. Following an autopsy, she was immediately cremated when Philadelphia funeral director Bernard J. Archer was told Ms. Harmony had no immediate family. Four months later, Garcia received a certified letter from the movement with a copy of his mother’s death certificate. It was wrapped in Peace Mission letterhead.

It’s likely that a few phone calls made by Lori Garcia stirred the anti-Tommy stew at the Peace Mission. Unbeknownst to her husband, Lori called Woodmont in early 1998 and asked for Mother Divine. She wanted to know the whereabouts of Garcia’s birth mother. Apparently, because Lori’s maiden name (Reicheg) sounded similar to a last name of two other sister-followers (Kryshak), she was put through. She introduced herself as Tommy’s wife, but Mother wouldn’t answer questions.

“She kept repeating, ‘The spirit moves in mysterious ways,’” Lori remembers. “She must have said it 20 times. Then I hung up.”

It’s the only contact the two ever had.

In May 1999, Lori reached Garcia’s mother at her job in the Key Flowers dining room at Father’s Divine Tracy Hotel in Philadelphia. “I told her who I was, and all she kept saying was, ‘I don’t identify with those links (nondescript code, Lori believes, because her conversation was monitored).’ I thought, ‘Is she totally brainwashed?’ At the end, I said, ‘You are my mother-in-law. You are Tommy’s mother. We will always have a place for you. You can come live with us and be safe.’ All she said was, ‘I will keep your information for future use.’ Then, less than a year later, she suddenly disappears.”

 

Garcia and his sister Susy in 1960.

Father Divine’s Modesty Code: “No Smoking. No Drinking. No Obscenity. No Vulgarity. No Profanity. No Undue Mixing of Sexes. No Receiving of Gifts, Presents, Tips or Bribes.”

Following Tommy Garcia’s years at Woodmont, it took his sister’s murder, years of soul searching, his marriage to Lori, and hypnosis in 2006 before he could confront his past and focus on the future. As founder of the Association for the Alignment of Past Life, Dr. Morris Netherton has encountered some bizarre cases in his 45-year career, including victims of Germany’s Josef Fritzl, who fathered six children during a 24-year confinement with his sex-slave daughter. Within six weeks, Netherton broke the spell on Garcia.

“Father Divine turned him into the Little Divine One,” Netherton says. “He was told his whole life, ‘This will all be yours. When Father dies, you’re the leader, the messiah, and all the land and money is yours.’ Then, Mother Divine stepped in.”

In those sessions, Garcia recounted his sexual abuse away from Woodmont in Divine-run city hotels, where interracial male roommates engaged in sex acts in his presence, then involved him. He could name names, but he hasn’t publicly. He was never abused by Father Divine, but the Peace Mission’s celibacy code inspired same-sex activity, since there was “no undue mixing of the sexes,” says Garcia.

“Tommy’s case is real,” says Netherton. “[Under hypnosis], his story never changed, and he would not—and could not—find what’s not there. I really hope he finds peace, but there was this contrast between the way things were supposed to be in the kingdom and the way he was literally raped. I asked him over and over, ‘Are you sure you want to put this out there?’ He said, ‘Yes, I want to tell the truth about them.’”

Garcia contends that the bulk of the abuse he suffered was mental. “Master Tommy,” he says, was never brainwashed as a follower, only as a leader—to attain his status as the Son of God, as the Prodigal Son. “I had to march in step to that, or the threat was that I would be sent to an orphanage,” he says. “I was a Garcia, but I had to act like a Divine. Father Divine made me feel more special than my own dad ever did. He showered me with gifts, all totally contradictory to the code. Once, for me, he had a banquet with entirely Mexican food. The person I am today is not because of my (ill and largely estranged) biological father, but because of Father Divine.”

Garcia recounts his last visit to Woodmont in 1989. After a banquet, Mother rose and addressed the crowd, saying she was aware that many followers didn’t believe in her deity or rank as Father’s “Spotless, Virgin Bride.” Followers adored Father’s first wife, who was black. But he told his flock that the white woman he named “Sweet Angel”—who may have been 50 years younger when they married in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 1946 (another Peace Mission celebration day)—was a reincarnation of Peninah, his first spouse, who’s said to have died in 1943.

In response, Garcia rose and defended Mother. “During my speech, followers began shouting, ‘Praise the Lord! The Prodigal Son has returned!’” he says.

As Mother retreated upstairs that night, she called to Garcia, telling him that no one had ever defended her in front of the followers. “She thanked me,” he says. “She also said she was aware that (high-ranking church officer) Dorothy Darling wanted to speak with me—but that, if I loved her the way she knew I did, I would honor her request not to speak with Ms. Dorothy.”

Garcia believes Darling—who, before her death in or around 2002, told others that she was unhappy with how the Tommy issue was handled—may have held his adoption papers after Ms. St. Mary Bloom died in a mission residence fire some 20 years earlier. Or, at least she knew about them. This spring, without success, Garcia searched adoption records in Montgomery County and New York, Father’s headquarters before his move to Philadelphia in 1942. A similar search here came up empty .

“So I was kidnapped, brainwashed, molested, told no one wants me,” he says. “Now, [I’m] told I’m a thorn in Mother’s side when she’s been a dagger in everyone’s back all her life. Inside, I feel like damaged goods, but I can’t act that way.”

 

Followers come out in droves for Father in the 1930s.

On the Main Line, the singular enduring image of Father Divine’s Peace Mission was the caravan of black limousines that always came and went along Spring Mill Road to and from Woodmont. Others still speak of Divine’s fleet of domestic workers for hire. With names like Sincere Enthusiasm, they surrendered the bulk of their earnings for the right to live communally as consecrated co-workers and worship Father Divine as a deity.

Divine’s is a well-documented social model. Beginning in 1919 and strengthening from the Great Depression through the 1940s, the Peace Mission uprooted followers from their families—and from poverty—turning them into a loyal, self-sufficient lot. “What began happening en masse [for blacks] in the 1960s and ’70s, Father Divine began in the 1930s,” says Bob Thomas, an architect who, in the early 1990s, did the master planning at Woodmont that led to the visitors’ center and library.

Critics say Father—all 5-foot-2 of him—was a dynamic salesman who used religion and economic desperation to prey on weak minds. At open banquets, he fed guests, then bowled them over with charismatic sermons and stories of faith healing and acts of retribution. Still, Garcia says, “As happy as all of those people were supposed to be, they weren’t happy every day.”

But snitching often advanced standing, and surviving followers and defectors remain fearful of retribution. Emptied of their finances, many were left too insolvent to leave.

Sonya Hoffmann was a child in the mission from 1960 to 1972. She was raised in multiple Main Line homes with her German grandmother, live-in housekeeper/follower Elise Vollman (known as Lisa Free in the movement). Anytime Hoffmann was sick or injured, she was told it was Father’s retribution for bad behavior—and that she must beg his forgiveness to be cured. After she burnt a hand black, the mission never took her to a doctor, but Bryn Mawr Elementary School finally did when the wound wouldn’t heal.

A month from graduation in 1972, she says Mother yanked her out of Lower Merion High School—then, ultimately, “put her out” (mission speak for expulsion) weeks before her 17th birthday, and after a drug overdose and hospitalization.

“There was so much damage done,” says Hoffmann, now 55. “Adults are supposed to help kids grow, but everything they did to me was harmful.”

Hoffmann’s grandmother was pressured to surrender custody of her, but she never did—which explains why they lived outside movement-owned properties. Her grandmother died in the movement at age 103 in 2003, and she’d been told never to speak with Sonya later in her life. “By then, I was what they call ‘mortal flesh,’” says Hoffmann.

Sometimes called angels, Peace Mission members continue to follow doctrine, speaking from scripts, as if frozen in time. “They made me listen to tape recordings of Father Divine,” Garcia says. “They made me read The New Day daily. But Father Divine never preached to me—not once. He told me he wasn’t God. But most of the rest of them pushed that he was God for 24 hours a day.”

Still, Father’s spirit and charisma moved many—Garcia included. All were left to interpret the influence. Books on Father and the movement tend to end with his death. They don’t address the decline of the sect as it has evaporated—and continues to evaporate—under Mother’s charge. Garcia’s view, and that of others, is from the inside out.

 

The Divine Lorraine, one of two Philadelphia

hotels owned by Father Divine.

Both before and after the death of Father Divine, a battle for succession at the Peace Mission was being waged. The Rev. Jim Jones, the infamous leader behind the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in Guyana, had visited Father as many as six times between 1959 and 1965. That much has been substantiated by the Jonestown Institute at San Diego State University.

Like Garcia, Jones was led to believe he’d succeed Father Divine. In part, some researchers and historians suggest that Tommy Garcia was recruited to stifle Jones’ increasingly aggressive interest.

After Father’s death, Jones would arrive with “train-length” busloads of his own followers, says Hoffmann. In a final takeover attempt in 1971, he left with 30-40 mission members. “For two weeks, it was a battle of the cults, back and forth across the banquet table over which one was better,” she says. (Read the Peace Mission’s response to the Guyana mass suicide six days after the tragedy at libertynet.org/fdipmm/mdbook/jimjontx.html.)

“Father Divine taught [Jones] to be God,” says 80-year-old Ted Patrick, who was a special consultant to Gov. Ronald Reagan before he left to turn cult deprogramming into an art form.

Often jailed and sued, the San Diego resident claims 2,600 deprogrammings, including some in Philadelphia involving Peace Mission followers. “He had a lot of people fooled,” Patrick says of Father Divine. “Everybody knew him in those days as God Almighty, King of Glory.”

Rebecca Moore, the chair of San Diego State’s religious studies department, lost two sisters (Carolyn Layton, Jones’ female companion who ran daily operations, and Annie Moore, his nurse) and a nephew at Jonestown. Twelve years ago, she joined her husband, Fielding McGehee III, in forming the Jonestown Institute, starting the process of uniting some 100 Jonestown survivors, preserving some 35,000 Peoples Temple resources and formally linking Jones to the Divines. “One reason Mother Divine was so hostile to Jim Jones is because she saw him as a real threat,” says McGehee. “Now, Tommy is trying to do the same thing. I’m sure Mother Divine does not distinguish between the two.”

E. Black, a 30-year Peace Mission researcher who conceals her real name, has written extensively that the current incarnation exists only as an immediate support system for Mother Divine and her current staff. “It has absolutely no social reach or impact on the contemporary societies where it states it exists,” she says, pointing out that the movement is engineering a move into extinction.

Garcia admits that his relationship with Mother Divine was always strained. He calls her shrewd and calculating.

“Is she the head of the movement?” he poses. “Yes—because of her position. But can she lead? No. All of the followers have left except for a small group of those who’ve decided that they should continue to live a life of luxury and privilege off the backs of thousands. And that’s where we disagree.”

Now a local short-sale real estate investor, Hoffmann says the mission “worked me to the hilt.” Before child labor laws, she picked in Woodmont’s fields from 5 a.m. on Saturdays until banquet at 2 p.m., then served all night. She says she was never paid a penny for 40-plus work hours a week. After she turned 16 and had working papers, she washed dishes for two months at Haverford College. Those checks went to her grandmother—then, presumably, to the mission.

“If [Mother dies] tomorrow, I won’t shed a tear,” says Hoffmann. “I feel sorry for all those people who worked their behinds off for all those years, for those who bought the properties, for those who gave up all of their money only in the end to not even be properly taken care of.”

 

Father Divine with his first wife, Peninah.

Father Divine has a 1,293-page FBI file. It’s been reported that he moved to Philadelphia to escape a $6,000 legal summons won by a defector in New York. Among his diverse service-industry businesses were grocery stores, gas stations, farms in New York, and real estate holdings everywhere. On the wealthy Main Line, his domestic housekeepers filled an undeniable need.

It’s always been difficult to track Father Divine’s following in Europe and elsewhere. Every business, farm, hotel or church was a self-contained, well-oiled moneymaking machine. But just before his death, the machine began leaking oil. The last of the 25 New York heavens was sold in 1985. The Peace Mission extension in California dried up in the ’90s.

The mission’s Philadelphia decline is perhaps most notable for the recent sale of its two landmark hotels. The 10-floor, 350-room Divine Lorraine on North Broad Street became the first integrated first-class hotel in America in 1948. It first sold for a reported $2 million in 2000, twice since, and was just listed by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia as an endangered property. The Divine Tracy in West Philadelphia sold for a reported $9 million in 2006, and now houses Penn and Drexel students.

In the end, there simply weren’t enough of their own to operate the hotels according to Father Divine’s code. Garcia and Hoffmann estimate that 90 percent of the followers remaining after Father’s death left under Mother’s early reign.

“The difference was in how people were treated,” says Hoffmann, who was stripped of the be-all, end-all “Rosebud” choir jacket Father had given her at age 6. “It was all Mother. She was it. She was the ruling factor. It was her way, and you had to do what she wanted. If there was resistance, she started her stuff. She was ruthless—quite contrary to her name, Sweet Angel.”

At 92, Bernard Archer is among the oldest licensed funeral directors in the state. He has handled the Peace Mission’s city business since 1969. But not at Woodmont, where “a classy undertaker” goes. He gets the call if there’s a death at South Broad Street’s Circle Mission Church, Home & Training School or the Westminster Evangelical Home, the mission’s designated elder-care facility on North 41st Street.
Up until the past six or eight years, an automatic cremation was ordered. “The body was always burned,” Archer says.

Now, there are traditional viewings and burials that about 20 people attend, but the death rate is down to one or two a year; it was eight or 10 for years, Archer says.

One source says Mother Divine has been centralizing control and funneling money back to Woodmont. Another says she’s “downloading the organization to practically nothing.” Like a pension system, if no one is paying in, funds dry up. Father didn’t believe in health or life insurance—let alone Social Security—so something has to give.

“Either they run out of people, run out of money, or both,” says Dan Fascione, a 30-year neighbor whose property borders Woodmont on three sides.

Fascione has sat with Mother and her advisers at Woodmont. He says it’s clear that a “genius” is running affairs—whoever it is. “It’s like the last of the Shakers (at Sabbathday Lake, Maine), so it’s an eerie feeling,” he says. “And I do worry about it.”

No one knows—or won’t say—what happens when Mother dies. The Peace Mission’s ideology doesn’t support any sort of hierarchy or develop leaders. “There are no layaway plans,” says Meekness Faith, one of two Peace Mission church presidents who spoke on Mother’s behalf after the February trek at Woodmont.

But concern for the fate of the mission may be unwarranted. Former Gladwyne ward commissioner Ken Davis suggests that maybe there’s an outsider—an element of surprise—that no one knows about. Still, he says, “I hope [Mother] and the movement have made provisions. It would be foolish, if not.”

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5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, PA  19473
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Sponsor: Pennypacker Mills
Telephone: 610-287-9349
Contact Name: Linda Callegari
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Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and...

Cost: included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Join us for the heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider. Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful...

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: 215.922.1122
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Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life November 2, 2018 – January 19, 2019   Curated by Glenn Adamson   The Center for Art in Wood is pleased to present the work of...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
PHILA, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-923-8000
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From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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With hundreds of vendors, the Punk Rock Flea Market is the place to shop for awesome clothing, records, crafts, art, and most of all old punk junk! ***FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET*** Friday, December...

Cost: $5

Where:
Bok Building
1901 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19148
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Sponsor: The Captain's Vintage
Telephone: 215-839-9258
Contact Name: Walt Weber
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The interactive playscape reveals connections between our own city and Alexander Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Through playful interactives, scenic...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Bank of America
Telephone: 215-253-6731
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The magic of the holidays comes alive in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, the must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia. The show debuts Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. featuring performances of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Comcast Center Lobby
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Be sure to visit Historic Strawberry Mansion this holiday season, Fairmount Park’s largest historic house. This year, the Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity and The Porch Club of...

Cost: $ 8.00 Adults, $ 5.00 Seniors (65+), Children 12 and under FREE

Where:
Historic Strawberry Mansion
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19132
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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

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From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
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Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
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Wayne Art Center presents its annual Holiday Shopping Weekend. More than 30 local artisans and merchants showcase distinctive and original crafts as visitors shop and enjoy a variety of culinary...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue
Wayne, PA  19087
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Telephone: 610-688-3553

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The holiday season at The Clay Studio is always festive. This year Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens will design a gallery of fabulous one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments, giftable ceramic art, and treats...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
The Clay Studio
137 N. 2nd St.
137 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to present its major fall exhibition, Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, the first mid-career retrospective on the...

Cost: $15 for adults

Where:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 - 128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Telephone: 215-972-2013
Contact Name: Michele Besso
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Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: A new mystery in Toyland ... and a new detective takes the case. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious quick-change mystery for the family. Kids...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
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Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
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The Lab hosts hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering....

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Nathan Willever is the 2017-18 Zeldin Fellow Resident Artist. He is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of using local clay and wood firing to create work inspired by the simplicity of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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For the 2018 Holiday Season, you can check out Holiday FIGMAGO, an artist’s winter wonderland. Catch some silver bells and explore mesmerizing murals. Become the subject of a life-sized...

Cost: $10

Where:
FIGMAGO
829 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147
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Sponsor: Meg Saligman Studio
Telephone: 860-819-9667
Contact Name: Pat Alicki
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There’s nothing more comforting than hearing the holiday classics. This December, the holidays come to life as more than 100 regional tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players join together in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Historic Strawberry Mansion will host a gourmet tea and pastry reception on December 15 and 16.  Visitors are invited to stay for a cup of Christmas tea in the mansion’s Tea Room. ...

Cost: $ 8.00 Adults, $ 5.00 Seniors (65+), Children 12 and under FREE

Where:
Historic Strawberry Mansion
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19132
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Bring the kids to see Santa so they can share what’s on their wish lists this year – and take the ultimate Santa selfie! During the first three weekends in December, visit Santa on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chestnut Hill
Along Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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  Santa and his elves are coming to the Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society in Ardmore and you’re invited! Join us Sunday Dec. 16 1:00-3:00 p.m. Skate with Santa and enjoy...

Cost: $10

Where:
Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society
220 Holland Ave
Ardmore, PA  19003
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Sponsor: Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society
Telephone: 610 642 8700
Contact Name: Regina Barr

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Listen to international opera singer Peter Campbell sing songs of the holiday season.

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610.388.2700
Contact Name: Brandywine River Museum of Art
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This favorite annual holiday event includes a selection of tea sandwiches (including a Green meadow farm ham with sugar plum compote), nutcracker-inspired sweets like Clara’s...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Bellevue Hotel
19th floor. Broad and Walnut streets
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Join us at Ramah Day Camp, located in Elkins Park, PA, to see our beautiful campus and learn more about RDC! The open house will include fun activities, info session, and a tour. Questions?...

Cost: 0

Where:
Ramah Day Camp
7601 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA  19027
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Sponsor: Ramah Day Camp
Telephone: 215-885-8556
Contact Name: Eileen Graub
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Join us at Ramah Day Camp to see our beautiful campus and learn more about RDC! The open house will include fun activities, info session, and a tour. Questions? Contact Eileen Graub Assistant...

Cost: 0

Where:
Ramah Day Camp
7601 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA  19027
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Sponsor: Ramah Day Camp
Telephone: 215-885-8556
Contact Name: Eileen Graub
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In 1924, Church Farm School founder and headmaster The Rev. Charles Wesley Shreiner adapted the popular play, “Why the Chimes Rang,” into a dramatic pantomime performed by CFS students...

Cost: Free

Where:
Church Farm School Chapel of the Atonement
1001 E. Lincoln Highway
Exton , PA  19341
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Sponsor: Church Farm School
Telephone: 610-363-5376
Contact Name: Stefanie Claypoole
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Come up to the 57th floor for a family-friendly meet & greet with The Grinch! Visitors young and old are welcome to come say hello while experiencing our amazing holiday...

Cost: General Admission (Adult: $14.50, Youth: $9.50)

Where:
One Liberty Observation Deck
1650 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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A Dream Is A Wish: Princess Holiday Concert returns to Philadelphia Theatre Company on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:00pm and 6:00pm. This heartwarming experience is perfect for the whole family!...

Cost: $35

Where:
Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA  19147
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Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia Inc.
Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

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Returning again for another year, the Holiday Craft Market at Main Line Art Center is a 3-day shopper’s paradise featuring a carefully curated line-up of unique locally made crafts and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Rd
Haverford, PA  19041
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Telephone: 610-525-0272
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There’s nothing more comforting than hearing the holiday classics. This December, the holidays come to life as more than 100 regional tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players join together in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Embraced by audiences and hailed by critics, Scott Greer returns in this moving, insightful, and hilarious one-man show that examines what makes life worth living following a sold-out run this...

Cost: $18-52

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on the Delaware River! Make this December more cheerful aboard Spirit of Philadelphia— delicious food, fanciful atmosphere and fabulous views make...

Cost: $79.90

Where:
Penn's Landing
101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Join us as we celebrate some of Dark Side Burlesque's fan favorites from 2018. Featuring: Bugalu Boogie as CHEWBACCA (Star Wh*res) Greta Grenade as FRODO (We Shall Ass - Lord of...

Cost: $12-$25

Where:
Franky Bradley's
1320 Chancellor Street
1320 Chancellor Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Dark Side Burlesque
Contact Name: Kyla Ren & Jaeda
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Sing your favorite Christmas Carols accompanied by Doug Gefvert playing the bells of the Carillon at Washington Memorial Chapel, Route 23 in Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA. This free,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Washington Memorial Chapel
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Route 23
Valley Forge, PA
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Sponsor: Washington Memorial Chapel
Telephone: 610-265-5211
Contact Name: Doug Gefvert
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Wolf Performing Arts Center presents Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet! Parting is such sweet sorrow... The School of Verona, a prestigious Boarding School in Massachusetts in 2018, is a...

Cost: $12-15

Where:
Wolf Performing Arts Center's Black Box Theater
1240 Montrose Ave
Bryn MAwr, PA  19010
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"Princesses aren't helpless, you know." Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People's Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As "the nation's primary creator...

Cost: $21.50 - $53

Where:
Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
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Sponsor: People's Light
Telephone: 610.644.3500
Contact Name: Box Office
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Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: Tony Braithwaite inhabits all the residents of Bedford Falls in this hilarious adaptation of the iconic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful...

Cost: $31-$48

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
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Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

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A little-recognized aspect of the work of Winslow Homer—one of America’s most iconic artists—is the relationship between his painting and photography, and the role of the...

Cost: $0-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Website »

More information

Meet Santa, enjoy Christmas Light Displays and enjoy live Christmas Musicals at Sesame Place’s Christmas Celebration! Sing along at three special Christmas shows and a spectacular music...

Cost: 65

Where:
Sesame Place
Langhorne, PA  19047


Telephone: 121-575-23566
Website »

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Winterfest King of Prussia Town Center November 23rd – December 22nd Fridays (5 – 8pm) & Saturdays (1 – 4pm)   This holiday season, the King of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
King of Prussia Town Center
155 Village Drive
King of Prussia, PA  19406
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Sofia Pignitor

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia will again transform LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Now returning for the 11th season, Christmas Village...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Love Park
1500 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Website »

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Want to experience Santa’s Workshop? Visit Linvilla Orchards throughout the month of December to celebrate our annual Christmas Around The Farm! Enjoy the Holiday cheer as you explore...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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Sponsor: Linvilla Orchards
Telephone: 610-876-7116
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Join us at Adventure Aquarium for our annual Christmas Underwater extravaganza! Scuba Santa is back, and is ready to make the most underwater appearances in aquarium history! Visit him in our Ocean...

Cost: $26.99+

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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The magic of the holiday season returns to the Brandywine River Museum of Art during Brandywine Christmas, November 23 through January 6. This spectacular holiday experience for all ages includes a...

Cost: $6-$18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610.388.2700
Contact Name: Brandywine River Museum of Art
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The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
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American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

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Join us for the heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider. Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful...

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: 215.922.1122
Website »

More information

Be sure to visit Historic Strawberry Mansion this holiday season, Fairmount Park’s largest historic house. This year, the Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity and The Porch Club of...

Cost: $ 8.00 Adults, $ 5.00 Seniors (65+), Children 12 and under FREE

Where:
Historic Strawberry Mansion
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19132
View map »

More information

The magic of the holidays comes alive in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, the must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia. The show debuts Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. featuring performances of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Comcast Center Lobby
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Donate a toy November 30 - December 21, 2018 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to Eastern State Penitentiary. One in 28 American kids has a parent who is incarcerated....

Cost: Standard Admission

Where:
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Sponsor: Eastern State Penitentiary
Telephone: 215-236-3300
Website »

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Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and...

Cost: included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

The interactive playscape reveals connections between our own city and Alexander Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Through playful interactives, scenic...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Bank of America
Telephone: 215-253-6731
Website »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life November 2, 2018 – January 19, 2019   Curated by Glenn Adamson   The Center for Art in Wood is pleased to present the work of...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
PHILA, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Website »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Join us with your little learner, ages 2-6, for Read & Romp, an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts in the Museum’s galleries. Read &...

Cost: $10 for 1 child + up to 2 adults (additional fee for multiple children.)

Where:
National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-925-2800
Website »

More information

The holiday season at The Clay Studio is always festive. This year Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens will design a gallery of fabulous one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments, giftable ceramic art, and treats...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
The Clay Studio
137 N. 2nd St.
137 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

Nathan Willever is the 2017-18 Zeldin Fellow Resident Artist. He is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of using local clay and wood firing to create work inspired by the simplicity of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to present its major fall exhibition, Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, the first mid-career retrospective on the...

Cost: $15 for adults

Where:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 - 128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Telephone: 215-972-2013
Contact Name: Michele Besso
Website »

More information

This favorite annual holiday event includes a selection of tea sandwiches (including a Green meadow farm ham with sugar plum compote), nutcracker-inspired sweets like Clara’s...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Bellevue Hotel
19th floor. Broad and Walnut streets
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia Inc.
Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

More information

You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on the Delaware River! Make this December more cheerful aboard Spirit of Philadelphia— delicious food, fanciful atmosphere and fabulous views make...

Cost: $79.90

Where:
Penn's Landing
101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

"Princesses aren't helpless, you know." Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People's Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As "the nation's primary creator...

Cost: $21.50 - $53

Where:
Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
View map »


Sponsor: People's Light
Telephone: 610.644.3500
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

Heat up the Kimmel Center each month at La NOCHE!  Experience the hottest live bands as you turn up the steam on the dance floor, led by host/dance leader Kevin Ngo. Enjoy the sexy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

A little-recognized aspect of the work of Winslow Homer—one of America’s most iconic artists—is the relationship between his painting and photography, and the role of the...

Cost: $0-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Website »

More information

Winterfest King of Prussia Town Center November 23rd – December 22nd Fridays (5 – 8pm) & Saturdays (1 – 4pm)   This holiday season, the King of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
King of Prussia Town Center
155 Village Drive
King of Prussia, PA  19406
View map »


Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Sofia Pignitor

More information

Meet Santa, enjoy Christmas Light Displays and enjoy live Christmas Musicals at Sesame Place’s Christmas Celebration! Sing along at three special Christmas shows and a spectacular music...

Cost: 65

Where:
Sesame Place
Langhorne, PA  19047


Telephone: 121-575-23566
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Christmas Village in Philadelphia will again transform LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Now returning for the 11th season, Christmas Village...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Love Park
1500 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Website »

More information

Want to experience Santa’s Workshop? Visit Linvilla Orchards throughout the month of December to celebrate our annual Christmas Around The Farm! Enjoy the Holiday cheer as you explore...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Sponsor: Linvilla Orchards
Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

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The magic of the holiday season returns to the Brandywine River Museum of Art during Brandywine Christmas, November 23 through January 6. This spectacular holiday experience for all ages includes a...

Cost: $6-$18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610.388.2700
Contact Name: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Website »

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Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

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The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

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American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

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Join us at Adventure Aquarium for our annual Christmas Underwater extravaganza! Scuba Santa is back, and is ready to make the most underwater appearances in aquarium history! Visit him in our Ocean...

Cost: $26.99+

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life November 2, 2018 – January 19, 2019   Curated by Glenn Adamson   The Center for Art in Wood is pleased to present the work of...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
PHILA, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-923-8000
Website »

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Donate a toy November 30 - December 21, 2018 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to Eastern State Penitentiary. One in 28 American kids has a parent who is incarcerated....

Cost: Standard Admission

Where:
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Sponsor: Eastern State Penitentiary
Telephone: 215-236-3300
Website »

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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

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Join us for the heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider. Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful...

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: 215.922.1122
Website »

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Be sure to visit Historic Strawberry Mansion this holiday season, Fairmount Park’s largest historic house. This year, the Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity and The Porch Club of...

Cost: $ 8.00 Adults, $ 5.00 Seniors (65+), Children 12 and under FREE

Where:
Historic Strawberry Mansion
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19132
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The interactive playscape reveals connections between our own city and Alexander Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Through playful interactives, scenic...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Bank of America
Telephone: 215-253-6731
Website »

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Take a tour through historic Pennypacker Mills for an unforgettable Victorian Christmas experience! Using vintage inspired ornaments, the Christmas traditions of the early 1900s, and how the...

Cost: FREE, suggested donation $2 per person

Where:
Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, PA  19473
View map »


Sponsor: Pennypacker Mills
Telephone: 610-287-9349
Contact Name: Linda Callegari
Website »

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From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Music Time with Music Monkey Jungle, sponsored by Reading Terminal Market, will take place on Tuesdays from 10-10:30 AM, starting on 3/20/18 in Piano Court (the seating area located directly behind...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12 St.
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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The magic of the holidays comes alive in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, the must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia. The show debuts Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. featuring performances of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Comcast Center Lobby
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and...

Cost: included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
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Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
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Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The holiday season at The Clay Studio is always festive. This year Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens will design a gallery of fabulous one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments, giftable ceramic art, and treats...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
The Clay Studio
137 N. 2nd St.
137 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

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Nathan Willever is the 2017-18 Zeldin Fellow Resident Artist. He is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of using local clay and wood firing to create work inspired by the simplicity of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: A new mystery in Toyland ... and a new detective takes the case. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious quick-change mystery for the family. Kids...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
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Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to present its major fall exhibition, Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, the first mid-career retrospective on the...

Cost: $15 for adults

Where:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 - 128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Telephone: 215-972-2013
Contact Name: Michele Besso
Website »

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This favorite annual holiday event includes a selection of tea sandwiches (including a Green meadow farm ham with sugar plum compote), nutcracker-inspired sweets like Clara’s...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Bellevue Hotel
19th floor. Broad and Walnut streets
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia Inc.
Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

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  FringeArts   Curious about what goes on behind the scenes at FringeArts? Interested in learning more about the history of our converted theater and restaurant? Join us for our...

Cost: Free

Where:
FringeArts
140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: FringeArts
Telephone: 215-413-1318

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Embraced by audiences and hailed by critics, Scott Greer returns in this moving, insightful, and hilarious one-man show that examines what makes life worth living following a sold-out run this...

Cost: $18-52

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

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You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on the Delaware River! Make this December more cheerful aboard Spirit of Philadelphia— delicious food, fanciful atmosphere and fabulous views make...

Cost: $79.90

Where:
Penn's Landing
101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Get in the spirit of the season with some strange science. From the fireplace mantle to the cabinet of curiosities, our halls are decked with boughs of holly and folly for the scientific soiree of...

Cost: $15 for Members/$20 for Non-Members

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Website »

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"Princesses aren't helpless, you know." Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People's Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As "the nation's primary creator...

Cost: $21.50 - $53

Where:
Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
View map »


Sponsor: People's Light
Telephone: 610.644.3500
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

Winterfest King of Prussia Town Center November 23rd – December 22nd Fridays (5 – 8pm) & Saturdays (1 – 4pm)   This holiday season, the King of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
King of Prussia Town Center
155 Village Drive
King of Prussia, PA  19406
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Sofia Pignitor

More information

A little-recognized aspect of the work of Winslow Homer—one of America’s most iconic artists—is the relationship between his painting and photography, and the role of the...

Cost: $0-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Website »

More information

Meet Santa, enjoy Christmas Light Displays and enjoy live Christmas Musicals at Sesame Place’s Christmas Celebration! Sing along at three special Christmas shows and a spectacular music...

Cost: 65

Where:
Sesame Place
Langhorne, PA  19047


Telephone: 121-575-23566
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Christmas Village in Philadelphia will again transform LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Now returning for the 11th season, Christmas Village...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Love Park
1500 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Website »

More information

Want to experience Santa’s Workshop? Visit Linvilla Orchards throughout the month of December to celebrate our annual Christmas Around The Farm! Enjoy the Holiday cheer as you explore...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Sponsor: Linvilla Orchards
Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

The magic of the holiday season returns to the Brandywine River Museum of Art during Brandywine Christmas, November 23 through January 6. This spectacular holiday experience for all ages includes a...

Cost: $6-$18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Telephone: 610.388.2700
Contact Name: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Website »

More information

Join us at Adventure Aquarium for our annual Christmas Underwater extravaganza! Scuba Santa is back, and is ready to make the most underwater appearances in aquarium history! Visit him in our Ocean...

Cost: $26.99+

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »

More information

The magic of the holidays comes alive in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, the must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia. The show debuts Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. featuring performances of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Comcast Center Lobby
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life November 2, 2018 – January 19, 2019   Curated by Glenn Adamson   The Center for Art in Wood is pleased to present the work of...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
PHILA, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

Donate a toy November 30 - December 21, 2018 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to Eastern State Penitentiary. One in 28 American kids has a parent who is incarcerated....

Cost: Standard Admission

Where:
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »


Sponsor: Eastern State Penitentiary
Telephone: 215-236-3300
Website »

More information

The interactive playscape reveals connections between our own city and Alexander Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Through playful interactives, scenic...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Bank of America
Telephone: 215-253-6731
Website »

More information

Be sure to visit Historic Strawberry Mansion this holiday season, Fairmount Park’s largest historic house. This year, the Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity and The Porch Club of...

Cost: $ 8.00 Adults, $ 5.00 Seniors (65+), Children 12 and under FREE

Where:
Historic Strawberry Mansion
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19132
View map »

More information

Take a tour through historic Pennypacker Mills for an unforgettable Victorian Christmas experience! Using vintage inspired ornaments, the Christmas traditions of the early 1900s, and how the...

Cost: FREE, suggested donation $2 per person

Where:
Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, PA  19473
View map »


Sponsor: Pennypacker Mills
Telephone: 610-287-9349
Contact Name: Linda Callegari
Website »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

Join us for the heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider. Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful...

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: 215.922.1122
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and...

Cost: included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The holiday season at The Clay Studio is always festive. This year Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens will design a gallery of fabulous one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments, giftable ceramic art, and treats...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
The Clay Studio
137 N. 2nd St.
137 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

Nathan Willever is the 2017-18 Zeldin Fellow Resident Artist. He is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of using local clay and wood firing to create work inspired by the simplicity of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

For the 2018 Holiday Season, you can check out Holiday FIGMAGO, an artist’s winter wonderland. Catch some silver bells and explore mesmerizing murals. Become the subject of a life-sized...

Cost: $10

Where:
FIGMAGO
829 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147
View map »


Sponsor: Meg Saligman Studio
Telephone: 860-819-9667
Contact Name: Pat Alicki
Website »

More information

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to present its major fall exhibition, Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, the first mid-career retrospective on the...

Cost: $15 for adults

Where:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 - 128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Telephone: 215-972-2013
Contact Name: Michele Besso
Website »

More information

This favorite annual holiday event includes a selection of tea sandwiches (including a Green meadow farm ham with sugar plum compote), nutcracker-inspired sweets like Clara’s...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Bellevue Hotel
19th floor. Broad and Walnut streets
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia Inc.
Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

More information

Enjoy a glass of wine, bask in the warmth and beauty of the holiday season, and listen to the melodic sounds of live jazz in the Galleries Reception Atrium every Wednesday during Yuletide. Cash...

Cost: Member Free. Nonmembers free with addmission to Yuletide or $15

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Brightly lit shops stay open late and welcome visitors with seasonal refreshments and creative gift ideas. Celebrate the spirit of the season as you hear carolers sing, say hello to Santa, and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chestnut Hill
Along Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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You have come to the right place if you are in the early stages of thinking about starting a small business. In fact, even if you have started up your business and realized you missed a few things,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Exton Chester County Library (Struble Room)
450 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA  19341
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Sponsor: Exton Chester County Library
Telephone: (484)459-2018
Contact Name: Frank Farmer
Website »

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  Back for one night only, Bar 57 returns for our first-annual Ugly Sweater Party. Enjoy light bites and pay-as-you-go spirits at Philly’s highest holiday pop-up bar. See the...

Cost: $10

Where:
One Liberty Observation Deck
1650 Market Street
Floor 57
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »


Sponsor: One Liberty Observation Deck
Website »

More information

You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on the Delaware River! Make this December more cheerful aboard Spirit of Philadelphia— delicious food, fanciful atmosphere and fabulous views make...

Cost: $79.90

Where:
Penn's Landing
101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Embraced by audiences and hailed by critics, Scott Greer returns in this moving, insightful, and hilarious one-man show that examines what makes life worth living following a sold-out run this...

Cost: $18-52

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

"Princesses aren't helpless, you know." Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People's Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As "the nation's primary creator...

Cost: $21.50 - $53

Where:
Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
View map »


Sponsor: People's Light
Telephone: 610.644.3500
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million...

Cost: $45.00 - $95.00

Where:
Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: Tony Braithwaite inhabits all the residents of Bedford Falls in this hilarious adaptation of the iconic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful...

Cost: $31-$48

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
View map »


Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

A little-recognized aspect of the work of Winslow Homer—one of America’s most iconic artists—is the relationship between his painting and photography, and the role of the...

Cost: $0-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Website »

More information

Meet Santa, enjoy Christmas Light Displays and enjoy live Christmas Musicals at Sesame Place’s Christmas Celebration! Sing along at three special Christmas shows and a spectacular music...

Cost: 65

Where:
Sesame Place
Langhorne, PA  19047


Telephone: 121-575-23566
Website »

More information

Winterfest King of Prussia Town Center November 23rd – December 22nd Fridays (5 – 8pm) & Saturdays (1 – 4pm)   This holiday season, the King of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
King of Prussia Town Center
155 Village Drive
King of Prussia, PA  19406
View map »


Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Sofia Pignitor

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Want to experience Santa’s Workshop? Visit Linvilla Orchards throughout the month of December to celebrate our annual Christmas Around The Farm! Enjoy the Holiday cheer as you explore...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Sponsor: Linvilla Orchards
Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

Christmas Village in Philadelphia will again transform LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Now returning for the 11th season, Christmas Village...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Love Park
1500 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

The magic of the holiday season returns to the Brandywine River Museum of Art during Brandywine Christmas, November 23 through January 6. This spectacular holiday experience for all ages includes a...

Cost: $6-$18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Telephone: 610.388.2700
Contact Name: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Website »

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

Join us at Adventure Aquarium for our annual Christmas Underwater extravaganza! Scuba Santa is back, and is ready to make the most underwater appearances in aquarium history! Visit him in our Ocean...

Cost: $26.99+

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »

More information

Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life November 2, 2018 – January 19, 2019   Curated by Glenn Adamson   The Center for Art in Wood is pleased to present the work of...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
PHILA, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Website »

More information

Take a tour through historic Pennypacker Mills for an unforgettable Victorian Christmas experience! Using vintage inspired ornaments, the Christmas traditions of the early 1900s, and how the...

Cost: FREE, suggested donation $2 per person

Where:
Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, PA  19473
View map »


Sponsor: Pennypacker Mills
Telephone: 610-287-9349
Contact Name: Linda Callegari
Website »

More information

The interactive playscape reveals connections between our own city and Alexander Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Through playful interactives, scenic...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Bank of America
Telephone: 215-253-6731
Website »

More information

Be sure to visit Historic Strawberry Mansion this holiday season, Fairmount Park’s largest historic house. This year, the Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity and The Porch Club of...

Cost: $ 8.00 Adults, $ 5.00 Seniors (65+), Children 12 and under FREE

Where:
Historic Strawberry Mansion
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19132
View map »

More information

The magic of the holidays comes alive in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, the must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia. The show debuts Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. featuring performances of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Comcast Center Lobby
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and...

Cost: included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Join us for the heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider. Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful...

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: 215.922.1122
Website »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

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Donate a toy November 30 - December 21, 2018 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to Eastern State Penitentiary. One in 28 American kids has a parent who is incarcerated....

Cost: Standard Admission

Where:
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »


Sponsor: Eastern State Penitentiary
Telephone: 215-236-3300
Website »

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The holiday season at The Clay Studio is always festive. This year Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens will design a gallery of fabulous one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments, giftable ceramic art, and treats...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
The Clay Studio
137 N. 2nd St.
137 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: A new mystery in Toyland ... and a new detective takes the case. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious quick-change mystery for the family. Kids...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
View map »


Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

Nathan Willever is the 2017-18 Zeldin Fellow Resident Artist. He is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of using local clay and wood firing to create work inspired by the simplicity of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to present its major fall exhibition, Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, the first mid-career retrospective on the...

Cost: $15 for adults

Where:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 - 128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Telephone: 215-972-2013
Contact Name: Michele Besso
Website »

More information

For the 2018 Holiday Season, you can check out Holiday FIGMAGO, an artist’s winter wonderland. Catch some silver bells and explore mesmerizing murals. Become the subject of a life-sized...

Cost: $10

Where:
FIGMAGO
829 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147
View map »


Sponsor: Meg Saligman Studio
Telephone: 860-819-9667
Contact Name: Pat Alicki
Website »

More information

NºBA Artspaces in Bala Cynwyd presents “CORE: Mat Tomezsko / Gregory Coates / Leora Brecher” NºBA Artspaces announces its latest exhibition of paintings,...

Cost: 0

Where:
NoBA Artspaces
202 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA  19004
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THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million...

Cost: $45.00 - $95.00

Where:
Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

This favorite annual holiday event includes a selection of tea sandwiches (including a Green meadow farm ham with sugar plum compote), nutcracker-inspired sweets like Clara’s...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Bellevue Hotel
19th floor. Broad and Walnut streets
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia Inc.
Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

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Merry Christmas! Since its inception in 1995, established solely for the purpose of capturing the nuances of the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi and his contemporaries, Cartoon Christmas Trio has...

Cost: $18-$30

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
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Telephone: 610-356-2787

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Embraced by audiences and hailed by critics, Scott Greer returns in this moving, insightful, and hilarious one-man show that examines what makes life worth living following a sold-out run this...

Cost: $18-52

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

The weather has turned colder, which means it’s time for winter coats, holiday parties, and, of course, wines prime for the season. So we’ll talk about some winter-ready wines that and...

Cost: $40

Where:
What Am I Drinking?! wine education studio
28 Summit Grove Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010
View map »


Sponsor: What Am I Drinking?!
Telephone: (484) 383-3259
Contact Name: Serena
Website »

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You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on the Delaware River! Make this December more cheerful aboard Spirit of Philadelphia— delicious food, fanciful atmosphere and fabulous views make...

Cost: $79.90

Where:
Penn's Landing
101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

"Princesses aren't helpless, you know." Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People's Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As "the nation's primary creator...

Cost: $21.50 - $53

Where:
Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
View map »


Sponsor: People's Light
Telephone: 610.644.3500
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million...

Cost: $45.00 - $95.00

Where:
Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: Tony Braithwaite inhabits all the residents of Bedford Falls in this hilarious adaptation of the iconic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful...

Cost: $31-$48

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
View map »


Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

A little-recognized aspect of the work of Winslow Homer—one of America’s most iconic artists—is the relationship between his painting and photography, and the role of the...

Cost: $0-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Website »

More information

Winterfest King of Prussia Town Center November 23rd – December 22nd Fridays (5 – 8pm) & Saturdays (1 – 4pm)   This holiday season, the King of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
King of Prussia Town Center
155 Village Drive
King of Prussia, PA  19406
View map »


Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Sofia Pignitor

More information

Meet Santa, enjoy Christmas Light Displays and enjoy live Christmas Musicals at Sesame Place’s Christmas Celebration! Sing along at three special Christmas shows and a spectacular music...

Cost: 65

Where:
Sesame Place
Langhorne, PA  19047


Telephone: 121-575-23566
Website »

More information

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia will again transform LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Now returning for the 11th season, Christmas Village...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Love Park
1500 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Website »

More information

Want to experience Santa’s Workshop? Visit Linvilla Orchards throughout the month of December to celebrate our annual Christmas Around The Farm! Enjoy the Holiday cheer as you explore...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Sponsor: Linvilla Orchards
Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

The magic of the holiday season returns to the Brandywine River Museum of Art during Brandywine Christmas, November 23 through January 6. This spectacular holiday experience for all ages includes a...

Cost: $6-$18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Telephone: 610.388.2700
Contact Name: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Website »

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

Join us at Adventure Aquarium for our annual Christmas Underwater extravaganza! Scuba Santa is back, and is ready to make the most underwater appearances in aquarium history! Visit him in our Ocean...

Cost: $26.99+

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

The interactive playscape reveals connections between our own city and Alexander Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Through playful interactives, scenic...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Bank of America
Telephone: 215-253-6731
Website »

More information

Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life November 2, 2018 – January 19, 2019   Curated by Glenn Adamson   The Center for Art in Wood is pleased to present the work of...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
PHILA, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Website »

More information

Take a tour through historic Pennypacker Mills for an unforgettable Victorian Christmas experience! Using vintage inspired ornaments, the Christmas traditions of the early 1900s, and how the...

Cost: FREE, suggested donation $2 per person

Where:
Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, PA  19473
View map »


Sponsor: Pennypacker Mills
Telephone: 610-287-9349
Contact Name: Linda Callegari
Website »

More information

Donate a toy November 30 - December 21, 2018 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to Eastern State Penitentiary. One in 28 American kids has a parent who is incarcerated....

Cost: Standard Admission

Where:
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »


Sponsor: Eastern State Penitentiary
Telephone: 215-236-3300
Website »

More information

Join us for the heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider. Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful...

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: 215.922.1122
Website »

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Be sure to visit Historic Strawberry Mansion this holiday season, Fairmount Park’s largest historic house. This year, the Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity and The Porch Club of...

Cost: $ 8.00 Adults, $ 5.00 Seniors (65+), Children 12 and under FREE

Where:
Historic Strawberry Mansion
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19132
View map »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and...

Cost: included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The magic of the holidays comes alive in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, the must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia. The show debuts Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. featuring performances of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Comcast Center Lobby
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

The holiday season at The Clay Studio is always festive. This year Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens will design a gallery of fabulous one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments, giftable ceramic art, and treats...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
The Clay Studio
137 N. 2nd St.
137 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

Nathan Willever is the 2017-18 Zeldin Fellow Resident Artist. He is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of using local clay and wood firing to create work inspired by the simplicity of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

For the 2018 Holiday Season, you can check out Holiday FIGMAGO, an artist’s winter wonderland. Catch some silver bells and explore mesmerizing murals. Become the subject of a life-sized...

Cost: $10

Where:
FIGMAGO
829 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147
View map »


Sponsor: Meg Saligman Studio
Telephone: 860-819-9667
Contact Name: Pat Alicki
Website »

More information

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to present its major fall exhibition, Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, the first mid-career retrospective on the...

Cost: $15 for adults

Where:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 - 128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Telephone: 215-972-2013
Contact Name: Michele Besso
Website »

More information

Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: A new mystery in Toyland ... and a new detective takes the case. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious quick-change mystery for the family. Kids...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
View map »


Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

NºBA Artspaces in Bala Cynwyd presents “CORE: Mat Tomezsko / Gregory Coates / Leora Brecher” NºBA Artspaces announces its latest exhibition of paintings,...

Cost: 0

Where:
NoBA Artspaces
202 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA  19004
View map »

More information

THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million...

Cost: $45.00 - $95.00

Where:
Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

This favorite annual holiday event includes a selection of tea sandwiches (including a Green meadow farm ham with sugar plum compote), nutcracker-inspired sweets like Clara’s...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Bellevue Hotel
19th floor. Broad and Walnut streets
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia Inc.
Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

More information

You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on the Delaware River! Make this December more cheerful aboard Spirit of Philadelphia— delicious food, fanciful atmosphere and fabulous views make...

Cost: $79.90

Where:
Penn's Landing
101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Embraced by audiences and hailed by critics, Scott Greer returns in this moving, insightful, and hilarious one-man show that examines what makes life worth living following a sold-out run this...

Cost: $18-52

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

"Princesses aren't helpless, you know." Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People's Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As "the nation's primary creator...

Cost: $21.50 - $53

Where:
Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
View map »


Sponsor: People's Light
Telephone: 610.644.3500
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million...

Cost: $45.00 - $95.00

Where:
Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: Tony Braithwaite inhabits all the residents of Bedford Falls in this hilarious adaptation of the iconic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful...

Cost: $31-$48

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
View map »


Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

A little-recognized aspect of the work of Winslow Homer—one of America’s most iconic artists—is the relationship between his painting and photography, and the role of the...

Cost: $0-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Website »

More information

Winterfest King of Prussia Town Center November 23rd – December 22nd Fridays (5 – 8pm) & Saturdays (1 – 4pm)   This holiday season, the King of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
King of Prussia Town Center
155 Village Drive
King of Prussia, PA  19406
View map »


Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Sofia Pignitor

More information

Meet Santa, enjoy Christmas Light Displays and enjoy live Christmas Musicals at Sesame Place’s Christmas Celebration! Sing along at three special Christmas shows and a spectacular music...

Cost: 65

Where:
Sesame Place
Langhorne, PA  19047


Telephone: 121-575-23566
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Yuletide Breakfast with Santa December 15th, 16th & 22nd, 23rd    Enjoy a tasty brunch and a visit with Santa. Secure your reservation by calling (302) 888-4826 or by...

Cost: $35.95 per adult. Children under 12 are 50% off. Children under 2 free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Want to experience Santa’s Workshop? Visit Linvilla Orchards throughout the month of December to celebrate our annual Christmas Around The Farm! Enjoy the Holiday cheer as you explore...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Sponsor: Linvilla Orchards
Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

Visit King of Prussia Mall on December 22 to take advantage of last-minute holiday shopping deals for Super Saturday! 

Cost: Free

Where:
King of Prussia Mall
King of Prussia Mall
160 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA  19406
View map »


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Christmas Village in Philadelphia will again transform LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Now returning for the 11th season, Christmas Village...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Love Park
1500 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Join us at Adventure Aquarium for our annual Christmas Underwater extravaganza! Scuba Santa is back, and is ready to make the most underwater appearances in aquarium history! Visit him in our Ocean...

Cost: $26.99+

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
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The magic of the holiday season returns to the Brandywine River Museum of Art during Brandywine Christmas, November 23 through January 6. This spectacular holiday experience for all ages includes a...

Cost: $6-$18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Telephone: 610.388.2700
Contact Name: Brandywine River Museum of Art
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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
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The interactive playscape reveals connections between our own city and Alexander Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Through playful interactives, scenic...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Bank of America
Telephone: 215-253-6731
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Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life November 2, 2018 – January 19, 2019   Curated by Glenn Adamson   The Center for Art in Wood is pleased to present the work of...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
PHILA, PA  19106
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Telephone: 215-923-8000
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Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and...

Cost: included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennet Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
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Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
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Take a tour through historic Pennypacker Mills for an unforgettable Victorian Christmas experience! Using vintage inspired ornaments, the Christmas traditions of the early 1900s, and how the...

Cost: FREE, suggested donation $2 per person

Where:
Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, PA  19473
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Sponsor: Pennypacker Mills
Telephone: 610-287-9349
Contact Name: Linda Callegari
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Experience the mind-boggling behaviors and surprisingly intricate structures of bugs through 20 giant colorful animatronic insects. From a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly to a gigantic...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Univ.
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia , PA  19103
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The archives of Eastern State Penitentiary are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. Thousands of photographs, stacks of prisoner-written magazines, and even shanks (homemade...

Cost: Standard Admission - $10-14, online

Where:
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Sponsor: Eastern State Penitentiary
Telephone: 215-236-3300
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Be sure to visit Historic Strawberry Mansion this holiday season, Fairmount Park’s largest historic house. This year, the Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity and The Porch Club of...

Cost: $ 8.00 Adults, $ 5.00 Seniors (65+), Children 12 and under FREE

Where:
Historic Strawberry Mansion
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19132
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The magic of the holidays comes alive in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, the must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia. The show debuts Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. featuring performances of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Comcast Center Lobby
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Join us for the heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider. Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful...

Cost: $22 - $40

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Arden Theatre Company
Telephone: 215.922.1122
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The holiday season at The Clay Studio is always festive. This year Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens will design a gallery of fabulous one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments, giftable ceramic art, and treats...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
The Clay Studio
137 N. 2nd St.
137 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
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For the 2018 Holiday Season, you can check out Holiday FIGMAGO, an artist’s winter wonderland. Catch some silver bells and explore mesmerizing murals. Become the subject of a life-sized...

Cost: $10

Where:
FIGMAGO
829 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147
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Sponsor: Meg Saligman Studio
Telephone: 860-819-9667
Contact Name: Pat Alicki
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The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market will once again transform Dilworth Park into a holiday shopping wonderland from November 17, 2018 to January 1, 2019. Over 50 artisans, designers, crafters...

Cost: 0

Where:
Dilworth Park
1 S 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Nathan Willever is the 2017-18 Zeldin Fellow Resident Artist. He is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of using local clay and wood firing to create work inspired by the simplicity of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Nautical activities and adventures of distant shores for the whole family! From making pirate battle rattles to sailor valentines, children are sure to dive into fun. Seafarin’...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million...

Cost: $45.00 - $95.00

Where:
Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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The Lab hosts hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering....

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: A new mystery in Toyland ... and a new detective takes the case. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious quick-change mystery for the family. Kids...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
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Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to present its major fall exhibition, Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, the first mid-career retrospective on the...

Cost: $15 for adults

Where:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 - 128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Telephone: 215-972-2013
Contact Name: Michele Besso
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NºBA Artspaces in Bala Cynwyd presents “CORE: Mat Tomezsko / Gregory Coates / Leora Brecher” NºBA Artspaces announces its latest exhibition of paintings,...

Cost: 0

Where:
NoBA Artspaces
202 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA  19004
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On Saturday, December 22nd come visit us at the Reading Terminal Market for some holiday fun! Santa will be joining us, ready to take photos and spread holiday cheer. This family-friendly event...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Reading Terminal Market
Telephone: 215-922-2317
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Join us Saturday, December 22nd at 1pm for a festive holiday tea. Enjoy an assortment of teas and Volvér teas and sweet & savory treats. Adults are $35 and children are $20.  ...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Volver Restaurant
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Sponsor: Volver Restaurant
Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Liz Mirra

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‘Tis the season for Christmas markets and holiday celebrations, and Intrepid is in the giving spirit! Intrepid’s Urban Adventures is offering a month-long 10% discount on all of its...

Cost: $40

Where:
Philadelphia
1400 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Urban Adventures
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Join The Radnor Hotel for one of two special Holiday Teas in December! You and your child will enjoy a Delicious Afternoon Tea Menu accompanied by a Character Appearance, Craft Activity,...

Cost: $59.95 for 1 child and 1 adult

Where:
The Radnor Hotel
591 E. Lancaster Ave
St. Davids, PA  19087
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Telephone: 610-341-3145
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This favorite annual holiday event includes a selection of tea sandwiches (including a Green meadow farm ham with sugar plum compote), nutcracker-inspired sweets like Clara’s...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Bellevue Hotel
19th floor. Broad and Walnut streets
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million...

Cost: $45.00 - $95.00

Where:
Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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Sponsor: Historic Philadelphia Inc.
Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

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You can feel like Santa every Saturday until Christmas Eve on our Wassailing Caroling Hayrides. What better way to spread Christmas cheer than singing loud for all to hear? Celebrate the ancient...

Cost: $5

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
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Sponsor: Linvilla Orchards
Telephone: 610-876-7116
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Embraced by audiences and hailed by critics, Scott Greer returns in this moving, insightful, and hilarious one-man show that examines what makes life worth living following a sold-out run this...

Cost: $18-52

Where:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on the Delaware River! Make this December more cheerful aboard Spirit of Philadelphia— delicious food, fanciful atmosphere and fabulous views make...

Cost: $79.90

Where:
Penn's Landing
101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
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"Princesses aren't helpless, you know." Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People's Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As "the nation's primary creator...

Cost: $21.50 - $53

Where:
Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA  19355
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Sponsor: People's Light
Telephone: 610.644.3500
Contact Name: Box Office
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THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million...

Cost: $45.00 - $95.00

Where:
Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
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Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents: Tony Braithwaite inhabits all the residents of Bedford Falls in this hilarious adaptation of the iconic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful...

Cost: $31-$48

Where:
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA  19002
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Sponsor: Act II Playhouse
Telephone: 215-654-0200
Contact Name: Box Office
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Winterfest King of Prussia Town Center November 23rd – December 22nd Fridays (5 – 8pm) & Saturdays (1 – 4pm)   This holiday season, the King of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
King of Prussia Town Center
155 Village Drive
King of Prussia, PA  19406
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Telephone: 215-627-1060
Contact Name: Sofia Pignitor

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Meet Santa, enjoy Christmas Light Displays and enjoy live Christmas Musicals at Sesame Place’s Christmas Celebration! Sing along at three special Christmas shows and a spectacular music...

Cost: 65

Where:
Sesame Place
Langhorne, PA  19047


Telephone: 121-575-23566
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A little-recognized aspect of the work of Winslow Homer—one of America’s most iconic artists—is the relationship between his painting and photography, and the role of the...

Cost: $0-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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